The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival was held October 12-26, 2017 at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) with the exception of some special presentations and Industry Days.

Box Offices
AMC Box Office
In person at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611
Sept 20 – Oct 12: Mon-Sun, 12pm-8pm
Oct 13 – 26: Open one hour before start of first screening of the day until the start of the last screening of the day

Pop-Up Box Office
In person at 400 S Dearborn St, Chicago IL 60605
Sept 20th – Oct 26th: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm

Individual tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster
Find specific showing information in our Film Listings.

By Phone
Call 1-312-332-FILM (3456)
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm
Sat, 10am-3pm

Please visit our Ticketing page for more ticketing questions!

No. Passes and tickets may only be purchased via the Festival Hotline, in person at the Festival box office/pop-up box office or online through Ticketmaster.

Discounted parking available at River East Center Self Park (lower level of AMC River East 21, 300 E. Illinois St.) for $22 up to 8 hours. Please pick up your discounted parking voucher at the Guest Services, Merchandise, or Volunteer tables on the Theater Level.

All films screen at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. There is easy access via public transportation! CTA Red Line: Grand Ave. station, walk five blocks east to the theater. CTA Buses: #29 (State St. To Navy Pier), #66 (Chicago Red Line to Navy Pier), #65 (Grand Red Line to Navy Pier).

Many films have multiple screenings, so check to see if you can see it another time. Otherwise, you can try for a RUSH TICKET. Rush tickets are last minute tickets to sold out films. Visit the RUSH COUNTER at the AMC River East 21 30 minutes before show time to see if tickets are available. Cash only. Please visit our Ticketing Pages for our RUSH TICKET policy.

If you plan to see many films at the Festival, a pass saves you money. A Moviegoer Pass includes 10 admissions and a Passport Pass includes 20 admissions. Admissions may be shared across individuals. Passes are available until October 21 and are available online NOW!

Once purchased, passes must be redeemed for tickets in person at the Box Office. We cannot exchange your pass for tickets over the phone. Once you have ordered your pass, please pick up your pass at the Festival Box Office and redeem for screening tickets. You may redeem your pass for multiple tickets to the same film.

Partial refunds are not issued for passes not fully redeemed.

We recommend arriving to the theater at least 30 minutes in advance of your screening. When you arrive, please find the queue for your screening or inquire with a Festival Volunteer to find out which screen your film is playing on.

Tickets or badges only guarantee admission until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled screening start time. After that, the Festival reserves the right to fill any vacancies with customers who are in the rush line. The Festival does not issue refunds or offer exchanges on any tickets unless the film is cancelled.

Discounts are offered with proof of identification to seniors, students and Festival members. There is no senior or student rate for Opening Night, Tributes, Special Presentations or Closing Night.

All of our theaters offer ADA compliant seating. For Opening Night or Closing Night, please let the ticket agent know at the time of purchase that you will require accessible seating. For other screenings and events, a Festival Volunteer or Theater Manager will assist you prior to your screening.

The Festival proudly showcases a wide range of films that appeal to a broad range of tastes and interest. We recommend you look through the Festival schedule to find a combination of films that suit your taste and others that will broaden your horizons. Most of our films are non rated and may contain adult materials. You are in the best position to make the decision about what is appropriate for your children.

YES! Our Festival relies heavily on the passion and hard work of our 200+ volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer page to find out how to get involved.

Festival Hotline

Call 1-312-332-FILM (3456)
Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 10am-3pm

Festival Box Offices

AMC River East 21
(322 E. Illinois St.)
September 20-October 12: open 7 days a week, 12pm-8pm
October 13-26: open one hour before start of first show until start of last show

Pop-Up Box Office
(400 S. Dearborn St.)
Sept 20th – Oct 26th: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm

Purchases subject to service charges. We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid sold out screenings and lines at the theater. In 2016, over 75% of Festival films were sold out. If you purchase your tickets through the Hotline, please make sure you pick them up before your first screening to avoid lines.